Dir. Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa on Thursday bid farewell to the Philippine National Police as its 21st Chief of Staff.
Dela Rosa was supposed to retire earlier this year, but President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the PNP Chief to extend his term for another three months.
Dela Rosa believes that he made his mark in the PNP, especially with the government’s campaign against illegal drugs and disciplining erring police.
During Dela Rosa’s term as PNP Chief, he received a lot of criticism on how the agency handled President Duterte’s war on drugs, particularly the issue on the ballooning number of extra-judicial killings.
It was also during Dela Rosa’s term when he shuffled erring, unruly police, axing them from service or even putting them in jail.
Dela Rosa even put the PNP-Special Action Force in-charge of the New Bilibid Prison amid issues on rampant illegal drug trade.
Dela Rosa took to stride, shed a few tears as well, when his men were accused of killing South Korean Jee Ick Joo, teenagers’ Kian Lloyd Delos Santos, Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo De Guzman.
However, Dela Rosa is confident that the PNP will be in good hands, with NCRPO Chief Oscar Albayalde taking over his post.